Common Core Values

By Craig Andresen – Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio

Hunter Day, Katherine Ross Ridenhour, Madeline Marx, Jaclyn Truman, Shawnetta D. Reece, Shelley Dufresne and Rachel Respess, Sarah Fowlkes, Hope Jacoby, Lindsay Massaro, Haeli Way, Carrie McCandless, and Amy Northcut. These are names that you may well not recognize right off the bat, but trust me, the list of such names just goes on, and on, and on.

Mervyn Affoon, Robert Pimentel, Tad Cummins, Matthew Book, Alan Wade Coleman, Jason Gorski, Farley Ashford Simon, F. Leon Wilson, Lawrence Lilly II, Samuel Barrett, Zachary Drew, Jeremy Eusea, Mike Airo, Santiago Chavez, Donald Sharp, Nathan Lee Martin, Benjamin Zollo, and James Smith are but a few more names on an ongoing list that you may well also not be familiar with.

So…who are these men and women?

They are but a handful of teachers who have been arrested and charged, over the past few months and years, for having sex with their students. The schools involved both middle and high schools, and some of these teachers have been arrested more than once for the same criminal behavior.

There are some basic questions that must be asked, given the rise in the numbers of names on the lists of teachers who have sex with their students. The first, and most obvious question being…why?

Why do teachers have sex with students?

Sure, there are many various answers that can be and are provided when one Googles the question…and they seem rather benign. Various psychoanalysts offer various amounts of bloviation on the topic…some telling us that the behavior is born out of love, lust, loneliness or as a result of the teacher being sexually abused at a young age.

Still others blame more obtuse entities for the illicit behavior such as, a student whose parent or parents are working leaves more time available for unsupervised contact between teachers and students, or…the amount of porn available online today, as opposed to being only found in print years ago, has driven the sexual appetites of both teachers and students, or…the overwhelming reliance on email and texting, by both teachers and students offers ways for the two to communicate privately that simply didn’t exist a generation ago.

Dr. Stuart Bassman, who because of the rising numbers of teachers who have been having sexual encounters with their students, has become an expert in the field where such behavior is concerned, says that, “There is a sense of power and control. There is a sense of being attracted to the innocence. There is an extent where a person is emotionally suffering and they seek out the comfort of another person and they do so in a very destructive way. It could have been that something like that happened to them or in a sense they don’t realize the harm, and in their distorted thinking they rationalize and justify that”.

Psycho-babble. Mumbo-jumbo and empty, convoluted excuses is all that I personally see in such explanations. They have their opinions…I have mine.

I believe there is something much more basic in play here. Something the babbling psycho-bloviators don’t want to admit, and I’ll get to that in a moment.

The second basic question that comes to mind, is why are we shocked and disgusted when such stories of teachers getting arrested for having sexual encounters with students hit the news?

Well, there is nothing wrong with being disgusted. We should be disgusted by such inappropriate, unethical and morally reprehensible behavior perpetrated on students by people who are supposedly trusted and are in a position of authority over them.

But shocked by it?

Let’s be honest. Such behavior…teachers having sexual relationships with their students has been happening since teachers and students were invented, but that’s not why we shouldn’t be shocked by it. To answer that part of the question, I believe we need to get back to the first question…regarding why teachers do this to begin with…as the answers to why it happens with increasing frequency, and why we shouldn’t be shocked by it are melded together.

Let me start with the most basic piece of information you need to know, probably already know, but perhaps haven’t equated to the situation.


From kindergarten through post graduate education, the system is run by liberalism, and has been for decades. That means that the vast majority of today’s liberal teachers were educated by liberal teachers who themselves were educated by liberal teachers.

Liberalism puts emotions…feelings…over everything else.

Liberals don’t want to keep score in Little League games because someone’s feelings might get hurt. Everybody gets a participation trophy, lest someone’s feelings get hurt. From school district administrators, to classroom teachers, schools have become as much, if not more, about putting feelings above all else…even in many cases, above education.

Look at today’s college liberals…the snowflakes…whose liberal professors let them out of tests and classes when Trump won the election last November, gave them coloring books, Crayons, bottles of bubbles and therapy puppies because their feelings were hurt.

What students, and now former students who are teaching in our nation’s classrooms have been indoctrinated to believe is that their individual feelings are paramount, and that they should be not only allowed to act out based on those feelings, but encouraged to do so…and that regardless of societal norms, ethics, morals or even the law…they have every right, no matter how egregious, to do whatever they want to do based on those feelings.

We’re talking about teachers who have been indoctrinated to believe that there are no wrong answers, and therefore, no wrong actions.

Common core math…2+2=7 being acceptable so long as the student can demonstrate some obtuse way they arrived at that answer, has translated its way into what I’ll call…common core values…in which teacher + student = a sexual encounter or relationship being perfectly acceptable so long as the teacher can site some psycho-babble nonsense to justify it.

When the system of education run by liberals encourages sexual activity by teaching it at the kindergarten level masked as sex education, furthers that “education” by vehemently supporting groups like Planned Parenthood to make sexual promiscuity acceptable by removing responsibility through abortion, why should we be shocked when teachers have sex with their students?

Here’s yet another thing liberalism, through the education system teaches students…entitlement. Liberalism = socialism as surely as 2+2 = 4, and students are taught that they are entitled to what other people have. By the time most students today graduate high school, they believe that they are entitled to high paying jobs, nice cars, houses and all the trappings of success without having to earn any of it.

Should we be shocked when teachers believe that they’re entitled to whatever they want…including sex with their students?

I’m not saying that the vast majority of teachers are engaging in common core morality, in fact, I believe it to be the vast minority…for now…but the numbers of teachers that are engaging in it are growing and given the system of liberal education that society has allowed, we should be no more shocked by teachers having sex with students than we should be shocked by a judicial system that engages in light sentences for those who get caught doing it…given the number of liberal judges on our nation’s benches.

And should we be shocked by parents who accept this sort of behavior, considering that they too have been indoctrinated by the liberal system?


Here’s a perfect case in point…

Alexandria Vera, 24, and now a former Middle School teacher had a sexual relationship with a 13 year old student that resulted in her getting pregnant…which further resulted in her getting an abortion. Court documents in the case show that not only did the student’s parents know about the relationship…they encouraged it by allowing their son to sleep at the teacher’s house where they engaged in their sexual encounters nearly every day.

Vera was originally charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The original charge carried a maximum sentence of 25 years behind bars, but the lesser charge garnered her a sentence of just 10 years and she’ll be eligible for parole in but 5 years.

A witness in the Vera case, a therapist by the name of Karen Lawson, told the court that, Vera had “grown up witnessing domestic violence and had a strong need for love, as well as a big heart.” Lawson went on to state that she believed that Vera, “was driven by being in love with him.”

Psycho-babble. Mumbo-jumbo and empty, convoluted excuses…in my opinion. Disgusting? Without a doubt. Shocking…considering the entirety of the liberal system’s indoctrination…nope.

It should be more expected, than shocking.

While it shouldn’t be the job of our system of education to teach acceptable and/or moral values, it also shouldn’t be the job of our system of education to destroy the concept or practice of them either. But, along with dumbing down our culture and our kids through common core education, our society is also suffering the ill-effects of common core values.

But don’t think for a moment that it’s not a two way street, and that the common core morality now being put on display by teachers, and taught to their students aren’t chickens coming home to roost.

Just more than a week ago, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania school district made the news when at least 45 teachers were reported to have quit over what they call…”unprecedented misbehavior among children in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, some of which is resulting in physical violence against teachers.”

According to Jody Barksdale, of the Harrisburg Education Association, “Teachers and students are being hit, kicked, slapped, scratched, cussed at…. and observing other students flip over tables, desks and chairs. Teachers have had to take the rest of their class into the hallway to protect them during these outbursts.”

They’re shocked by the behavior of the students who have been taught that feelings matter more than consequences, and that acting out is considered appropriate when one feels offended.

Barksdale went on to say, “Let’s get together, as a task force, as a community, teachers, principals and see what we can put together to actually help these children that are displaying these atypical behaviors.”

According to District Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney, “Once we meet and find out that there are needs that we need to have serviced, that means it’s going to take parent involvement to make that happen.”

First of all…as an education system, you spend years teaching kids that “atypical behavior” is acceptable, and encourage such behavior and now you want to concoct a “task force, as a community, teachers, principals,” so as to put something together to actually help…or more accurately, to un-teach kids what you have spent years teaching them?

Second.…once you figure out that there are needs that you need to service…you’re going to enlist parent involvement…from parents who were taught by the very system that has taught today’s kids that atypical behavior is something to be encouraged?

Good luck with that.

And third…in typical fashion for liberals, in a liberal system…the school district itself had the following response when the situation went public: “The Harrisburg School District’s Collective Bargaining Group, and earlier statements made to the media concerning issues facing our District, we find it unfortunate that our teacher organization has chosen to engage in public discourse opposed to factual and substantive discussions.”

In other words…the district is neither disgusted by what’s happening there, nor shocked by it. What disgusts and shocks the district is that it went public, and that the very behavior the education system supports in the streets manifested itself in their classrooms.

To be perfectly clear, the problem isn’t the kids that are exhibiting atypical behavior…the real problem is the fact that those kids are being taught common core values…just as were their parents. The kids are just the result of that problem.

If school districts, and their administrators and teachers really wanted to put an end to atypical behavior in the students…students who, by the way, grow up to be adults that will behave in every atypical way imaginable…the entire education system needs an overhaul, not a bunch of psycho-babble, mumbo-jumbo and empty, convoluted excuses that result from having a task force, as a community of teachers, and principals to see what can be coddled together to help the students. Having a community raise today’s kids is a good part of what has led to today’s societal woes to begin with.

Get liberalism out of our education system. Scrap common core. Remove political correctness from the curriculum, reinstitute discipline and consequences for atypical behavior and make it perfectly clear that such behavior from teachers, like having sex with students, is grounds for immediate firing and the loss of all related retirement benefits.

And while we’re at it…end the federal department of education, collective bargaining for teachers and the whole of the teachers unions from coast to coast. Obviously, none of those entities has any interest in educating students beyond liberal indoctrination, nor do they care a bit about the well-being of the students.

One more case in point…just last weekend, it came out that Martin Howfield, 56, a Spanish teacher at North Queens Community High School in New York…and an attorney…has been accused of arranging a $2,000 paid internship for the girl in his law office through a NYC Department of Education work-study program, but her only duties consisted of performing sexual favors.

Reportedly, the teacher approached the 17 year old female student last year and asked if he “could be her sugar-daddy.”

Not only did the common core values student engage in sex for pay with the common core values teacher…she set him up with a second 17 year old common core values student for even more sexual misconduct and abuse.

What we seem to have now, is a system that encourages young students to abuse teachers, and a system that would rather look the other way when teachers sexually abuse students.

The sooner we can take definitive steps at the local and state levels to do away with common core education, and common core values in our schools, the better.

Copyright © 2017 Craig Andresen /



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